Pronounced: gayj, noun/verb
Notes: This is another word that has multiple origins and meanings. One of the meanings I didn’t know that I knew (more tomorrow).
The word retronym means “a term consisting of a noun and a modifier which specifies the original meaning of the noun”. For example, in the pre-digital days, a ‘camera’ always had film, but when digital cameras became common, the retronym ‘film camera’ came into being. Other retronyms are ‘desktop computer’ and ‘bricks-and-morter store’.
Background / Comments
This word is American is origin: the word retro- combined with -nym. Credit for the word is given to Frank Mankiewicz.
The word seems to have come into use around 1980